Disappointingly so, Political Analyst Dr. Bishnu Ragoonath does not expect the local government campaign by this country’s political parties to be about local government issues but rather one party defending its performance thus far and the others prompting voters to send a message to the defending party.
Internationally though, Dr. Ragoonath says things to pay attention to in the US Presidential Election is voter turnout, the impact of the minority voters and what the electing of either one of the candidates means for Caribbean people.
A desire to serve the people is the driving force behind J-Lynn Roopnarine and Cherylanne Pamphile’s bid to become councillors in the upcoming local government elections. Vying for the positions under a United National Congress banner the women say they have taken example of service to the people from their political leader.
"No one has perfectly described it up to this point." That was the response of Industrial Relations Consultant Robert Giuseppe when asked if the Finance Minister's "zero zero zero" comment was proper bedside manner or crossed boundaries. At an IMF Conference earlier this week the minister spoke of a possible wage restraint for the period 2017-2020. It was there that it was said that government's offer would be "zero zero zero."
Joseph Remy, President of the Communication Workers Union, says that he’s “amazed and amused” at the Finance Minister’s engagement in semantics. Remy was addressing a statement by the minister of a possible wage restraint for 2017-2020.
Economist Dr. Ralph Henry says the principle that sacrifice has to be shared across the board has to be adopted. Commenting on reactions to the Finance Minister’s “zero zero zero” comment Dr. Henry says the notion of a wage freeze triggers emotions among workers that they alone are engaged in sacrificing during this period.
Trinidad and Tobago has lost a hero. So says Pastor Clive Dottin about the passing of Hal ‘Uncle Roy’ Greaves. Dottin described Greaves as a man with integrity, who was truthful and had a spirit of sacrifice. He urged that Greaves’ legacy be honoured by continuing the peace process in the fight against crime/gang warfare.
Citizens should judge imported foods not only by its price but its quality as well. That is the sentiment expressed by Agricultural Economist Omardath Maharaj. Maharaj says while the prices of imported foods may be lower they may not be of a high standard and as a result of this negative long term effects may be suffered by consumers.
Speaking on the issue of frozen duck from Suriname being imported into T&T, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Farmers Union, Shiraz Khan, says more concern and protection should be had for local farmers. Khan says local farmers are competing with heavily subsidized imported goods. He called for emphasis to be placed on seeing how ducklings and eggs can be produced locally.
‘Consider the Consequences’ is a road safety initiative that has been launched to appeal to drivers with regards to the decisions they make while driving on the nation's roadways. The initiative aims to change the negative behaviours of drivers in T&T. It is a joint venture between Arrive Alive and the Health, Safety and Environment Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce.
The reshuffle of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley’s Cabinet happened early. That’s the view on Political Analyst Ancel St. Hilaire. St. Hilaire says the government had to “clean the kitchen” before they hit the ground running. However, he says the reshuffle may not have been about evaluation and assessment but a “bringing together of the right skill sets for the job ahead”.